I feel rather indulgent having a permanent studio space available. Oh this is the way to work. I can leave everything out, close the door behind me and open it again knowing I can start again where I left off. The children also enjoy playing, making and meandering in and out when I am working.It is a lovely space we can both enjoy. (After years of kitchen tables, corners of rooms and lots of one day studio set up's. I am enjoying this space :)
I have barely unpacked the studio and I had to get straight into work. Continuing the work I started while travelling. I have raw ochre that I found in South Australia, which I am grinding in a mortar and pestle and adding matt acrylic medium.
I am painting on to 20cm x 10cm pieces of hand made artist quality white 300gsm (thick/card) paper, which I bought from the makers workshop, Creative paper in Burnie, Tasmania. It's the raw edges on this paper which have me hooked. Every piece is individually crafted by the process which produces the soft, gentle uneven edges. I have called this series of work the Ochre Diaries, as they are a record of the time I spent travelling. Each piece has little notes made in pencil of where I was or what I was thinking, when I made the work. Next week I will show you around the other end of the studio, the gallery space and invite you to a exhibition I am having on January 12th at the Logan Regional Gallery. Till then, Candyxx